Training Ground

Updated: February 19, 2003, 1:47 PM ET
By By David Fleming, ESPN The Magazine
When it comes to Arena Football League-to-NFL fairy tales, Kurt (the Stock Boy) Warner and Tommy (the Insurance Agent) Maddox may soon have to make room for San Jose SaberCats QB Mark (the Scientist) Grieb.

Grieb won the No. 1 job at San Jose in 2000 and has gone 305 as a starter while becoming the AFL's all-time leader in passing efficiency. Even by AFL standards, his 2002 line is off the charts: He had a 64.7% completion rate, 3,346 yards, 70 TDs and just 5 INTs before breaking his shoulder in the second-to-last game of the season. The Cats went on to win the AFL title with backup John Dutton, now with Denver, and Grieb was forced to postpone his chance to follow ex-Arena Leaguers Warner (2001 NFL MVP) and Maddox (2002 Comeback Player of the Year).